Emotional health for young adults

Being young is an exciting time but it can also be a difficult time as there can be lots of changes and some uncertainty about the future.

Young people can face many issues which can be hard to deal with and making decisions can be difficult.


Stress is experienced when we feel we can not cope with the demands on us. Some signs of being under a lot of stress include headaches, sleeping badly, loss of appetite, having a short temper and racing thoughts. Exams can be a source of stress for young people. Try to manage your time well and don’t be afraid to ask for help or support if you are struggling.

Life changes

During the phase of young adulthood there are often many changes happening such as leaving school, leaving home or starting a job. These changes can difficult to deal with and can cause stress and anxious feelings. Try to embrace these changes as it may be an opportunity for better things to come!


During your teens and twenties it can be common to experience romantic relationships for the first time, and this can be exciting but also sometimes complicated and painful. There is also a lot of pressure to be in a relationship, but it is absolutely fine not to be in one and many young people and adults choose to be single. Relationships with family and friends can also be challenging especially when a young person is going through changes in their life. Strong communication skills can help in difficult situations and try to seek help if you are struggling.


Teenage years and young adulthood are often times when people can feel low in their self-esteem. There are lots of pressures around us and our confidence can be affected. It is possible however to change how we feel about ourselves. One way to do this is to write a list of our positive qualities.

Alcohol and drugs

Young people are often exposed to drugs and alcohol and then have to decide whether to participate or not. This can be difficult if you are not sure and you may feel pressured in to it. If you decide to participate, it is important that you are aware of the risks involved so that you can make an informed decision. Life decisions

Making decisions about what job to do, whether to do more education, and where to live can feel very daunting. However, you do not have to make these decisions alone.

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Crisis Care

If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s immediate safety, then call 999 for emergency services. If you feel that you need urgent help to be able to keep yourself or others safe it is important to contact your GP. Outside of GP hours, the following crisis support is available: Crisis Helpline In times of crisis or distress please call: 0300 456 83 42 5.00pm – 9.00am Monday to Friday, with 24 hours cover at weekends including Bank Holidays. Samaritans (24 hours daily) 08457 90 90 90 (national number) or 01737 248444 (East Surrey Samaritans), email: jo@samaritans.org More on crisis/emergency resources here